Nuggets Among Most Snake-Bit NBA Teams in Postseason Play

Nuggets Among Most Snake-Bit NBA Teams in Postseason Play
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The Denver Nuggets are closing in on a bit of franchise history in 2023, with an eye on securing the club’s first ever No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs.

The Nuggets have gotten to those lofty heights, thanks in large part to the effort put in by two-time reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic, who is averaging 24.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game.

Jokic and company have cruised their way to a 52-26 record, giving the Nuggets a three-game lead over Memphis in the West with four games left and Colorado sports betting has taken notice.

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Nuggets NBA Championship Odds Ahead Of Postseason

Oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Colorado give Denver the fourth best championship odds of any team at +750.

The Nuggets are listed behind the Bucks (+300), Celtics (+350) and Suns (+500) and have the second best odds of winning the Western Conference (behind Phoenix at +240) at +300.

As the franchise approaches their fifth consecutive postseason appearance, it’s worth looking back on how they’ve fared in the playoffs of late.

With four first-round exits since the 2010-11 season, few franchises have the type of bitter taste from the playoffs that Denver fans have experienced.

BetColorado.com — home to reviews of all the top Colorado sports betting apps — took a look at the NBA teams who have struggled the most in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season.

Whether it is not making it out of the first round or losing to lower-seeded opponents, we found the teams who just can’t seem to make noise come April. Using a formula, we were able to combine each of the three categories to come up with the Top 10 teams that have been snake-bitten when reaching the NBA postseason.

Oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook Colorado give Denver the fourth best championship odds of any team at +750.

The Nuggets are listed behind the Bucks (+300), Celtics (+350) and Suns (+500) and have the second best odds of winning the Western Conference (behind Phoenix at +240) at +300.

As the franchise approaches their fifth consecutive postseason appearance, it’s worth looking back on how they’ve fared in the playoffs of late.

With four first-round exits since the 2010-11 season, few franchises have the type of bitter taste from the playoffs that Denver fans have experienced.

BetColorado.com — home to reviews of all the top Colorado sportsbooks — took a look at the NBA teams who have struggled the most in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season.

Whether it is not making it out of the first round or losing to lower-seeded opponents, we found the teams who just can’t seem to make noise come April. Using a formula, we were able to combine each of the three categories to come up with the Top 10 teams that have been snake-bitten when reaching the NBA postseason.

Most Snake-Bitten NBA Postseason Teams Since 2010-11

Rank Team 1st Rd. Exit% Higher Seeded 1st Rd. Exits Higher Seeded 2nd Rd. Exits
1L.A. Clippers44.0%31
2Portland Trail Blazers66.7%20
3Chicago Bulls57.1%20
4Brooklyn Nets71.4%11
5Denver Nuggets57.1%11
6Memphis Grizzlies55.6%11
7Orlando Magic100.0%10
8Oklahoma City Thunder44.0%11
T9N.Y. Knicks25.0%11
T9Indiana Pacers66.7%10


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Where This Year’s Nuggets Team Stands

The 2022-23 Nuggets have won the fifth most games of any team in franchise history, dating back to the ABA-NBA merger in 1976.

With wins over Houston, Phoenix, Utah and Sacramento, the Nuggets would finish the year with a 56-26 record, which would be the team’s highest year-end total since going 57-25 in 2012-13.

Fans of the franchise should hope this year’s team has a better playoff run than that George Karl-coached collective, as Denver went on to lose to Golden State in six games during the first round of the 2013 playoffs.

Fast forward a decade, and the Nuggets will play the eighth seed that emerges from the four-team NBA play-in tournament.

Whether it’s the L.A. Lakers, New Orleans, Minnesota or Oklahoma City, fans of the Nuggets are likely cautiously optimistic this year’s squad can avoid another first-round heartbreaker.

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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